A new poll by the Better Sleep Council finds that 50% of all American parents say Daylight Saving Time affects their kids, with 29% saying that the time change makes it more difficult to get their kids to sleep. The parents who say their kids are affected by DST, 94% say it takes two or more days to get their kids sleep pattern back, with 31% saying it can take six days or more.
For these reasons, 29% of parents say they don’t like changing the clocks ahead, although moms are more likely than dads to have this opinion (32% vs. 22%). It’s not surprising that parents are dreading the sleeping difficulties, since 24% already think their kids don’t get enough sleep, with 48% of parents saying they can find it frustrating to get their kids to bed on a typical night.
Is there anything parents can do to avoid the effects of DST? The Better Sleep Council shares the following recommendations:
- Go slow- Since we are less than a week out, try putting your kids to sleep 15 minutes early to get them ready for the change.
- Create a ritual – Stick with your kids' bedtime routine, and maybe add an extra step like reading a book together or having them take a relaxing shower or bath before bed.
- Keep it light – Don’t allow them to eat a heavy meal at least two to three hours before bed because it can affect the quality of their sleep.
Source: The Street